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"47 Ronin" and "Helix" star Hiroyuki Sanada is set to join Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" which is currently filming in London. The story follows an aging Sherlock Holmes who sets out to solve an unfinished case before he loses his keen mental faculties.
Sanada will play Umezaki, a Prickly Ash plant enthusiast who Holmes visits in Japan. Laura Linney is also onboard as Holmes’ housekeeper. Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the script based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind". [Source: Deadline]
Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in Louis Leterrier's spy comedy "Grimsby" at Sony Pictures. Cruz will play a philanthropic corporate leader who may (or may not) be more than she seems.
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: With filming underway in La, The Woman In Gold has added Frances Fisher to its cast. Fisher, whose ABC freshman hit Resurrection was renewed for a second season, joins Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes in the fact-based drama about a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, including Gustav Klimt’s famous painting The Lady In Gold. Mirren plays real-life heroine Maria Altmann, Reynolds stars as her lawyer, and Fisher will play Reynolds’ mother in the film helmed by BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis. Curtis’ most […] »
We’ve received news that the legendary Weinstein Company, together with BBC Films and Origin Pictures have announced that principal photography on Woman In Gold (they’ve dropped ‘The’) begun on 23rd May for 8 weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the U.S.
The absolute all-star cast includes Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man Of Steel), Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce. Your official words below give you a little more insight to the project:
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt »
- Dan Bullock
Chief operating officer Molly Conners is running the company in the wake of Woodrow’s departure. The company had no comment on reports that Woodrow was under investigation for misconduct.
Woodrow had been active during the Cannes Film Festival. A few days before the festival opened, Worldview signed a five-year deal with the Weinstein Co. to jointly finance and distribute at least four movies each year.
See Also: Cannes: Worldview Entertainment Gains $200 Million Infusion (Exclusive)
It also hired industry vet Clifford Werber as president of its motion picture group on May 12.
- Dave McNary
Katie Holmes has become the latest star to join Woman in Gold.
The biopic is based on the life of World War II survivor Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee involved in a 1980s legal battle to win back five paintings by Gustav Klimt - stolen by the Nazis - among them 'The Lady in Gold'.
Reynolds has taken on the role of Maria's lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, who fights the case for her although he knows little about art.
Filming for the project began on May 23 and is due to last eight weeks in the UK, Austria and the Us. »
Principal photography has begun for the upcoming BBC film Woman in Gold.
The film, which tells the story of World War II survivor Maria Altmann, began shooting on May 23 in the UK, Austria and the Us. Filming is due to last for eight weeks.
Directed by Simon Curtis, the film tells the true story of a Jewish woman seeking to reclaim her family possessions after they were seized by Nazis during the war.
60 years after fleeing Vienna, Altmann embarks upon a journey to find five stolen Gustav Klimt paintings, among them 'The Lady in Gold'.
Ryan Reynolds has also been confirmed for the role of Altmann's lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, while Daniel Bruhl is set to play the Austrian government's legal representative. »
News just in that Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern and G.I. Joe’s (among many great works) Jonathan Pryce are now officially onboard with My Week With Marilyn’s director Simon Curtis for his Holocaust drama. The film will focus on:
The true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, ‘The Lady In Gold’. She teams with a plucky young lawyer in a major battle to sue the government.” This will be the screenwriting debut of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and it seems as if the film will be shooting for eight weeks in the UK, Austria as well the U.S.
Despite Campbell and Curtis’ relatively new introductions to the silver screen, the names attached to the project alone are bound to bring in hordes of interest among cinema-goers.
- Matthew Ceo
• Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly voicing a CGI Thanos in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He’ll be joining fellow voice actors Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Vin Diesel (Groot) in the James Gunn-directed pic, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Lee Pace. Thanos, a nihilistic purple supervillain, was introduced briefly in the post-credits sequence of The Avengers and is expected to be the main foe in Avengers: The Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015), which will be a more prominent role than his Guardians part. EW’s Darren Franich actually proposed Brolin as »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's today's latest casting news: Tom Hardy is rumored to reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant. Jack Huston is set to star in The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation directed by George Tillman and starring Scott Eastwood, Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson. Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Pryce have joined the Holocaust drama, The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Antje Traue, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance and Moritz Bleibtreu. Wendell Pierce has joined Ava DuVernay's Selma, starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Schmoes Know is a rumor that has Hardy "in serious talks" to star opposite DiCaprio in The Revenant. The plot follows an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur-trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead, but recovers »
- Dave Trumbore
Huston will play the young Ira in a tale that brings together two intertwining love stories - an elderly couple reminiscing about life, and the blossoming romance of a young art history major and a handsome bull rider (Huston). [Source: Deadline]
Rapper and actor Romeo Miller (aka. Lil' Romeo) will join Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford in Jean Claude Lamarre's urban stripper drama "Chocolate City". Filming begins in Los Angeles at the end of June.
Miller will star a young college student who is lured into the world of male exotic dancing to pay the bills. Eurika Pratts ("Basketball Girlfriends") has also been cast as his girlfriend Carmen, the pair's relationship strained by his new career. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company, UK's BBC Films and Australia's Origin Pictures are starting principal photography on true story "Woman in Gold." The film stars Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's fin-de-siecle "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing, and playwright-turned-screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") penned the script. TWC handled international sales at Cannes and will release the film in the Us; executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Also in the stellar cast are Ryan Reynolds ("Captives"), Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey"), Charles. »
- Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna
Principal photography has begun on Woman in Gold and will run for eight weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the Us.
The true story of a Jewish refugee who took on a government to recover art treasures that belonged to her family - produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company - will be directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn).
New additions to the cast include Katie Holmes (The Giver), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run), and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
Making his screenwriting debut is playwright »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
British actors Elizabeth McGovern, of Downton Abbey, and veteran Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) have joined the ensemble cast of Woman in Gold, the upcoming feature from My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis. The drama, based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to recover her family's artworks that were stolen by the Nazis, began principle photography in London last week. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Tatiana Maslany also star. Story: Orphan Black' Star in Talks to Join Helen Mirren in 'Woman in Gold' (Exclusive) Also new to the Woman
- Scott Roxborough
London — “The White Queen” star Max Irons, “Game of Thrones” thesp Charles Dance, and Elizabeth McGovern from “Downton Abbey” have joined the cast of “Woman in Gold,” which is being produced by The Weinstein Company, BBC Films and Origin Pictures.
Principal photography on “Woman in Gold” began on May 23 for eight weeks on location in the U.K., Austria and the U.S.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell penned the screenplay. The film is being produced by David Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
- Leo Barraclough
German-born Youtube sensation Flula Borg has joined the cast of the upcoming "Pitch Perfect" sequel at Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films. Borg will play a member of a competing a cappella group.
Based on a 2007 Playboy article, the story follows a group of thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
• Katie Holmes will join Helen Mirren, Daniel Bruhl, and Ryan Reynolds in The Woman in Gold, a drama about a Holocaust survivor who is suing the Swiss government in hopes of reclaiming pieces of art that the Nazis stole from her family. Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany plays a younger version of Mirren in the pic. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) is on board to direct. Holmes can be seen in theaters next in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (out Aug. 15). [Deadline]
• British model Suki Waterhouse, probably best known at this point for dating Bradley Cooper, »
- Lindsey Bahr
We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening. Briefly: Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass. Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold. Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life. The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher). The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming film Sicario. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, The Wrap reports that Rhys Ifans will play Johnny Depp’s (aka the Mad Hatter’s) father Zanik Hightopp in Through the Looking Glass, which is set to be directed by James Bobin, who »
- Adam Chitwood
The plot is set in the year 1998, when Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) enlists the help of her lawyer grandson (Ryan Reynolds) to sue the Austrian government. The lawsuit was an attempt to retrieve multiple Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazis. Daniel Brühl is playing the other attorney on the opposite side of the case, although it isn't clear what role Katie Holmes may have.
Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is directing from a script by Alexi Kaye Campbell, although no production schedule was disclosed. Worldview Entertainment, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company are producing.
Exclusive: Katie Holmes has been set to join Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, and Antje Traue in The Woman In Gold, the Simon Curtis-directed drama from Worldview Entertainment, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company. Scripted by Alexi Kaye and Alex Campbell, the story is set in 1998 and follows a holocaust survivor who solicits the help of her newly minted lawyer grandson to help her sue the Swiss government to get back priceless artwork stolen by the Nazis. Holmes, who’s repped by ICM Partners and Untitled, next will be seen in The Giver. She previously starred with Mirren for TWC’s Teaching Mrs. Tingle, a dark comedy by Kevin Williamson about students seeking revenge on a tyrant teacher. Related: Katie Holmes Joins ABC’s Richard Lagravenese Pilot »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Hopefully you've enjoyed the first couple of days of coverage from Cannes as we have a trio of correspondents on hand. Between Greg, Guy and Drew, few stones are likely to be left unturned. One of the goodies on display will be another look ahead at The Weinstein Company's fall offerings. Harvey Weinstein first gave this a shot two years back with a big event featuring footage from "Django Unchained," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Master." It's interesting in hindsight that of the three, it was "Silver Linings Playbook" that drew the more muted response, with many seeing it as simply a broad comedy. I'm not saying it turn out to be just that, but it certainly found its way in the editing over the next couple of months before landing at Toronto as a bonafide Oscar player. Last year the event doubled in size as Harvey showed off »
- Kristopher Tapley
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